Speech and Language Support for 11-16s course outline
Session 1: What is communication?
- Identify the processes involved in communication.
- Demonstrate the wide range of communication difficulties.
Session 2: Interaction, listening and attention
- Reflect on the effects that styles of interaction have on communication.
- Discuss listening, attention control and effective support strategies.
Session 3: Memory and learning
- Explore a model of memory.
- Develop strategies to improve learning and memory retention.
Session 4: Memory (continued) and understanding spoken language
- Use visual tools to support understanding, memory and learning.
- Reflect on the importance of non-verbal communication.
- Explore strategies to help students to understand spoken language.
- Consider issues pertinent to students learning an additional language.
Session 5: Understanding abstract language
- Discuss supporting verbal reasoning skills: inferencing, sequencing and predicting.
- Practise applying the Blank (Language of Learning) model.
Session 6: Promoting vocabulary development
- Discuss how words are learnt and how to choose words to target.
- Develop a wide range of strategies to promote the learning of vocabulary.
Session 7: Expressive language skills
- Discuss techniques to develop sentence structure and the link between oracy and literacy.
- Consider how to encourage students to identify their difficulties and ask for appropriate help.
Session 8: Promoting effective communication and social skills
- Identify skills required for successful social communication.
- Explore strategies to promote pragmatic skills and emotional literacy.
- Discuss the impact social communication difficulties have on learning in different curriculum areas.
Session 9: The link between speech, language, reading and spelling
- Reflect on the challenge of clear speech.
- Consider the impact that difficulties with articulation, past and/or present, have on vocabulary learning, language development, reading and spelling.
- Review phonological awareness.
Session 10: Linking it all together
- Learners plan and present evidence of applying knowledge gained across the course during everyday activities.